Demi Moore To Address Addiction In New Memoir

By Paul Gaita 05/09/19

Moore's upcoming memoir will examine the "real crisis point" that led her to enter rehab. 

Demi Moore

Actress Demi Moore will tackle a host of issues, from her career and famous husbands and offspring to her struggle with addiction and body image issues in a new memoir, Inside Out.

The book, which will be released by HarperCollins on September 24, 2019, promises to detail what Moore described in a 2018 speech as a "real crisis point" that sent her to rehabilitation.

As Harper executive editor Jennifer Barth noted in a press release for Inside Out, the book is "first and foremost a woman's story; that the woman in question happens to be one of the most celebrated actresses of our time only makes her journey of vulnerability, strength and self-acceptance all that more resonant."

Though Moore has yet to speak publicly about the contents of her book, People quoted a speech she gave in 2018 at an annual awards luncheon given by Peggy Albrecht Friendly House, a sober living facility in Los Angeles.

Moore, who had been named woman of year by Friendly House, spoke about her return to sanity and sobriety from what she described as a "path of real self-destruction."

"No matter what successes I had, I just never felt good enough," she said at the event. "This self-destructive path, it very quickly brought me to a real crisis point. And it wasn't clear at the time the reason—maybe it was divine intervention—but two people who I barely knew stepped up and took a stand for me, and they presented me with an opportunity."

As Moore described it, the opportunity was more like an ultimatum. "Unless I was dead, I better show up," she explained. "They gave me a chance to redirect the course of my life before I destroyed everything. And I'm so grateful because without that opportunity, without their belief in me, I wouldn't be standing here today."

In 2012, Moore was hospitalized after collapsing and experiencing a seizure-like reaction. Though the incident was initially written off as exhaustion, a recording of the 911 call from Moore's home suggested that the actress had smoked something before going into convulsions. After her hospital stay, Moore entered rehabilitation at Cirque Lodge in Utah.

Moore, who has resumed her acting career with appearances in Rough Night, Fox's Empire series and the upcoming Corporate Animals, said that confronting her substance issues gave her the strength to address other, more deep-rooted problems.

"In a moment of great struggle for me, I reached out to a wise teacher and expressed my fear that I wasn't good enough," she said at the 2018 event. "And she said, 'You will never be good enough but you can know the value of your worth. Put down the measuring stick.' So today, I put down the measuring stick." 

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Paul Gaita lives in Los Angeles. He has contributed to the Los Angeles Times, Variety, LA Weekly, and The Los Angeles Beat, among many other publications and websites.